BRIGHTON, AL (WBRC) – At least two bingo halls in Brighton are still open despite the fact that one of Jefferson County’s District Attorneys ordered them to close down.
A few days ago, Bessemer Cutoff’s District Attorney Lynneice Washington filed cease and desist orders for Super Highway Bingo along Bessemer Superhighway and Fun-N-Games around Brighton City Hall. She suspects the electronic bingo halls are open illicitly.
Brighton’s police chief reports that the bingo halls haven’t been operational for long. Even with the cease and desist orders, Chief Woods says he doesn’t have as many officers to shut them down and that they need back up from the county.
“We don’t have the manpower to raid them to confiscate the machines or places to put the machines. We’re just not capable of shutting it down or raiding it or anything unless we receive some help,” Chief Woods said.
Management at both bingo halls refused to remark. The Sheriff’s office is yet to comment too.
Attorney General Steve Marshall is aware of the case.
“I fully support DA Washington’s efforts to enforce the law and have reached out to Sheriff Mark Pettway expressing my expectation that he will do the same. My office stands ready to assist, should we be required to do so,” he explained in a statement.
A version of this article first appeared at wbrc.com